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Vegan food in Japan

vegan sushi
vegan sushi

Today I want to talk with you about my experience with vegan food in Japan.

I'm not going to make a list of traditional vegan foods, as you can find it here and here.

What I am going to do instead is talking about my experience, my mistakes, how to avoid them and give at leat on suggestion to eat vegan and cheap in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

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Arashiyama Monkey Park

mother monkey arashiyama
Mother and child

 

Our trip to Japan was marked by hunger and sweat, but we also had the opportunity to live many unforgettable moments.

This visit to Arashiyama was our best day trip from Kyoto, we enjoyed the day and we now carry a sweet memory of this experience 🙂

We had the opportunity to spend time roaming around free monkeys (I know, we always meet monkeys everywhere we go, we love them), have a nice walk and enjoy the views.

First of all, even if it was really (believe me when I say it) hot, we didn't mind walking our way up the hill.

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Semenggoh Nature Reserve

orangutan
orangutan playing on a tree at Semenggoh

 

During my trip to Borneo I wanted to visit 3 different types of national parks and reserves to learn more about the Government’s plans for wildlife conservation.

After Bako Nationl Park, a place where animals roam free, I decided to visit Semenggoh Nature Reserve and, in the end, Matang.

Semengooh is located just a short drive from Kuching and its famous for it’s program of orangutans rehabilitation, as a matter of fact, its main attraction is its Wildlife Center, where endangered species, once kept illegally as pets, are trained on how to fend for themselves before being released into the forest.

This kind of centers are of vital importance for these animals: the orangutan is an endangered species and is totally protected by law in Malaysia, Indonesia and internationally. Today, there are an estimated 20-27,000 orangutans left in the wild (perhaps 20,000 or so in Borneo and the rest in Sumatra).

Deforestation, human depredation of their habitat, indiscriminate hunting and the live animal trade are  all factors that have contributed to a decline in their numbers.

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Bako National Park

proboscis monkey
proboscis monkey

I’m writing this post sitting on the porch outside the house that I rented inside Bako National Park.

It’s been a rainy day, I spent the last two days hiking and now I just want to sit here and share my experience about this place, I only hope that monkeys won’t be attracted too much by my pc :-), they are really quick in stealing things from tourists!

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The funny story of my broken backpack

damaged backpack
damaged backpack

 

You know that moment of relief when you collect your baggage after a flight?

Well, that was not the case for me when I arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport…

I usually travel with a backpack, and I know that it could get trapped into some machinery, so I always protect it with a good amount of plastic wrap.

When I checked in, the employee of Turkish Airlines also suggested I put my backpack into a plastic bag to protect it even more, and I though it was fine.

Nevertheless, when I collected it after 24 hours I discovered it got totally broken.

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